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1 Tanzania Youth In Agri-business Forum (TYIAF) Launch Event May 11, 2013 Morogoro, Tanzania

2 MEBTI Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Magadu Choza Village, P.O. Box 1229, Morogoro Town, Morogoro, Tanzania, East Africa Phone # :- +255(0) , +255(0)

3 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Important aspects of agri-business including the challenges and opportunities for the youth.

4 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Introduction... Agriculture employs 70% of Africa’s population, accounts for 35% of its GDP, and 40-50% of its exports Agriculture receives barely 2% of Africa’s commercial bank lending. The market for African staple foods like maize, milk, meat, banana, sorghum, rice and millet is estimated at over $150 billion a year and growing at between 3 – 8% annually.

5 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Africa has a long history as a primary producer Agro-processing and value-adding biz models The value chain analytical approach It is better to focus on sections of a value chain 300,000 more unemployed each year It is only the agricultural sector that has the capacity to fully absorb this number of young people

6 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute An increase in the # of agri-businesses will; a)reduce rural-urban migration b)create employment opportunities c)Integrate of the rural and urban youth d)encourage the formation of community- based groupings e)Increase and expand the national economy

7 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Young Farmer Groups - The Ugandan example a)Tripartite range of services in local communities which include financial services, marketing services and agricultural outreach services. b)Keen focus on the introduction of new technologies (copy and adapt) c)The fastest growing section of the Ugandan middle class is creating their wealth from enterprises based in the agricultural sector.

8 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute The challenges... Access to land Access to finance Availability of inputs Market access Entrepreneurial mindset of farmers Tanzania’s history of socialism

9 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Change is oftentimes very difficult for the older generation, and so the future of agriculture and Tanzania is in the hands of the youth.

10 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute The opportunities… Insanity:- continuing to do the same thing and still expecting a different result. Wisdom:- understanding the difference between what can and cannot be changed, and then focusing your energy on the former to bring about improvements. The entrepreneur converts challenges into opportunities…

11 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute The opportunities…(cont’d) Primary production Grain bank and storage facilities Agro processing Transportation Green houses Business support services Bio-gas plants

12 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute MEBTI initiative… The Institute started operations in late 2011 During 2011 and 2012 we interacted mainly with the four universities located in the Morogoro Municipality, youth farmer groups, and SACCOS members and executives.

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17 MEBTI initiative…(cont’d) During 2013 MEBTI has delivered seminars on entrepreneurship and self-employment to a total of 19 secondary schools in the Morogoro municipality, reaching over 4,000 students. MEBTI has proposed that a PPP be established between the Morogoro Municipal Council (MMC), willing private sector companies (thru the TCCIA), and MEBTI to improve and expand entrepreneurship and business skills among secondary school students.

18 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Closing considerations…the way forward Non-agricultural business opportunities The success rate is higher for partnerships Apply the “5 senses plus 2 approach”. Start small and keep moving forward, growing a little more each day. Growth and compliance.

19 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Closing considerations...the way forward (cont’d) To the youth…“if you are standing alone the bus of development will pass you, but if you are standing in a group the bus will stop and take you and your group on board.” To the development facilitators…“if you want to help the people in the community, you need to live in the community.”

20 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute Closing considerations...the way forward (cont’d) WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME?

21 MEBTI - Magadu Entrepreneurship and Business Training Institute THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND FOR YOUR KEEN ATTENTION.


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